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Board of Directors

Dorothy E. Deremo, R.N., MSN, MHSA, FACHE, Principal Partner and CEO, The Deremo Group


Dottie Deremo, a business and talent strategist, is the principal partner and CEO of The Deremo Group (TDG). TDG delivers transformational results for the most difficult strategic business and talent needs of its clients.

TDG is a wholly owned consulting company that provides consulting, speaking and executive coaching services to C-Suite executives and boards in for-profit and not-for-profit companies across business, healthcare, social and cultural sectors. Areas of focus for TDG include strategic sustainability and business renewal, succession planning and leadership development.

Ms. Deremo is recognized nationally and internationally as an influential leader, entrepreneur, consultant, healthcare public policy expert, speaker and author. She is the retired CEO of Hospice of Michigan and its national subsidiary company, At Home Support. Her formal education includes two master’s degrees from Wayne State University and the University of Michigan as well as three business fellowships from the Wharton School of Business, Kings Fund College in Great Britain and Harvard Business School, respectively. Ms. Deremo has a long history of professional and community service on local, state and national boards and is a sought-after keynote speaker.

Ted Makowiec, MBA, B.S., Vice President, Health Consultant, SEGAL

Immediate Past Chairperson

Ted Makowiec is a vice president and health consultant in Segal’s Midwest Region. He has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare and employee benefits, including experience at large employers, health systems and healthcare plans.

Mr. Makowiec brings broad and deep experience in the implementation of decision support systems designed to create analytics that support major strategies and metric-driven decision making, as well as health reform initiatives, benefit design changes and provider network development strategies.

Prior to joining Segal, Mr. Makowiec was the vice president of Medical Economics for CHE Trinity Health where he led the strategy, staff, systems and analytics for more than 80 hospitals, 90 long-term care facilities and 100,000 employees. Prior to his work there, he was the Senior Director for Benefits at the University of Michigan. Mr. Makowiec holds a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Central Michigan University.

Christopher Beal, D.O., FACOI, President & CEO, St. John’s Internal Medicine, P.C.; Chief of Staff, Sparrow Clinton Hospital


Dr. Christopher Beal is the president and CEO at St. John’s Internal Medicine P.C., a patient-centered medical home and Comprehensive Primary Care Tract 2 Site.

He also serves as chief of staff at Sparrow Clinton Hospital where he provides a high-visibility relationship between the medical staff, the hospital board, nursing, administration and various committees. He is also a clinical assistant professor in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University.

Dr. Beal earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Michigan State University and his bachelor’s degree in biology from Spring Arbor University.

Gloria Larkins, CPA, MBA, Chief Financial Officer, United Way of Southeast Michigan


Gloria Larkins is the principal partner and president of GJWL Analytics & Associates, LLC a financial consulting company that provides consulting, strategic analysis, and financial accounting services to for-profit and not-for-profit companies across business, healthcare, social and cultural sectors.

Ms. Larkins was most recently the chief financial officer of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan. She has served in several financial leadership roles including CFO at Detroit Receiving Hospital; vice president of finance at DMC Harper University Hospital, DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital and Karmanos Cancer Institute; COO and CFO at OmniCare Health Plan; and CFO at Children’s Center of Wayne County.

Ms. Larkins received her Master of Business Administration, Certified Public Accountant and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Detroit Mercy. She also acquired executive education by successfully completing the General Management Program at Harvard Business School. Her professional affiliations include membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Melissa San Miguel, LNHA, Executive Director, Addington Place of Dewitt


Missy San Miguel is the executive director of Addington Place of Dewitt. She has spent the past 13 years improving patient care within skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.

Ms. San Miguel started her career in healthcare more than 20 years ago and has a background with physician offices and a homecare and hospice agency.

She sits on many committees including the St. Johns and Dewitt Chapters of Chamber of Commerce. Her love for community has her serving the past decade as the Steering Committee chairperson for Senior Citizens Day for the St. Johns Mint Festival. She is also a member of HCAM (Health Care Association of Michigan) and MALA (Michigan Assisted Living Association).

Ms. San Miguel is a licensed nursing home administrator in the state of Michigan and received both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in health communications from Grand Valley State University.

John E. Barnas, Executive Director, Michigan Center for Rural Health


John E. Barnas is the executive director of the Michigan Center for Rural Health (MCRH), a nonprofit affiliate of Michigan State University.

Mr. Barnas is responsible for the coordination of the State Office of Rural Health program, the Flex and SHIP programs, policy, recruitment and retention services, distance education, and other rural primary care and value-based programs. He has been the executive director since February 2000.

Prior to arriving at the MCRH, Mr. Barnas was employed at the federally qualified health center in Battle Creek, Michigan, as the director of program development.

He currently serves on the National Rural Health Association Government Affairs Committee and the Small & Rural Hospital Council of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association. He is president of the Technical Assistance Service Center Advisory Council of the Minnesota Rural Research Center and past president of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH); he is a current NOSORH board member.

Mr. Barnas received his bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and after graduation was employed in various social service jobs. He returned to CMU and received his elementary education teaching certificate before teaching for a short time.

David T. Brooks, FACHE, Chief Strategy Officer, Patient Education Genius


David T. Brooks joined Patient Education Genius in January 2020 as the chief strategy officer. Previously, he was with Wayne County, Michigan, as the director of Health, Human & Veterans Services.

At Wayne County, he was part of the leadership team for one of the largest counties in the nation with 1.8 million residents. He led the public health and community wellness services along with veterans, juvenile justice and medical examiner services.

Prior to joining Wayne County, he was at St. Joseph Mercy Health System, a member of Trinity Health, as president of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston. In this role, he led all operations and strategy for two hospitals as well as affiliated acute care facilities, surgery centers, emergency rooms, urgent cares, and numerous ambulatory and physician practices.

Mr. Brooks came to St. Joseph Mercy Health System from Ascension St. John Providence Health System where he served as president of St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit and senior vice president of the health system’s East Region. Previously, he was chief executive officer of Providence Health in Everett, Washington. During his 10-year tenure there, he led its transformation from a community hospital into a regional referral network while advancing new models of clinical and community leadership.

Mr. Brooks has served in executive roles at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit for 10 years, CHRISTUS Health in Houston, Central DuPage Health in Chicago and Lovelace Health System in Albuquerque.

A native of Detroit, Mr. Brooks earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from Wayne State University and his master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

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